Python code for talking to Yubico's YubiKeys

pip install python-yubico==1.3.3



Python package for talking to YubiKeys.


The YubiKey is a hardware token for authentication. The main mode of the YubiKey is entering a one time password (or a strong static password) by acting as a USB HID device, but there are things one can do with bi-directional communication:

  1. Configuration. The yubikey_config class should be a feature-wise complete implementation of everything that can be configured on YubiKeys version 1.3 to 3.x (besides deprecated functions in YubiKey 1.x). See examples/configure_nist_test_key for an example.

  2. Challenge-response. YubiKey 2.2 and later supports HMAC-SHA1 or Yubico challenge-response operations. See examples/nist_challenge_response for an example.

This library makes it easy to use these two features.


Here is a trivial usage example :

#!/usr/bin/env python
""" Get version of connected YubiKey. """

import sys
import yubico

    yubikey = yubico.find_yubikey(debug=False)
    print "Version : %s " % yubikey.version()
except yubico.yubico_exception.YubicoError as e:
    print "ERROR: %s" % e.reason


Using the Ubuntu/Debian package manager

If you use a recent Ubuntu release, you should be able to install python-yubico with these commands :

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yubico/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install python-yubico

The Launchpad PPA key generated for our packages is 32CBA1A9.

Using Pip

python-yubico is installable via pip:

$ pip install python-yubico

Or, directly from the source package in the standard Python way:

$ cd python-yubico-$ver
$ python install

This requires the python-setuptools package. You will also need PyUSB, called python-usb in Debian/Ubuntu. pyusb is available on PyPI and may be installed with pip: pip install --pre pyusb The --pre command-line option indicates that pre-releases of pyusb may also be searched (only pre-releases of pyusb are available on PyPI, and pip skips pre-releases by default). Note that while both the 0.4 branch and the 1.0 branch are supported, the older 0.4 branch doesn’t support re-attaching the kernel device driver on close, which will leave the YubiKey in a state where it is unable to output OTPs until it has been unplugged and plugged back in again.

On Windows

If you use Windows, you will require a PyUSB backend. Python-yubico has been tested with libusbx and confirmed working, without the need for replacing the device driver.


Copyright (c) Yubico AB. Licensed under the BSD 2-clause license. See the file COPYING for full licence statement.